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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby Stephen Bennett » Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:00 am

The Elf wrote:I can now reveal that Hydrasynth is here! :clap: Eek!


How was the keybed?

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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby The Elf » Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:08 am

Stephen Bennett wrote:How was the keybed?
An octave short, for my ideal, but felt very nice under these fingers. I should point out that I prefer synth-action keyboards, so read my opinion with that in mind.

It was really playable, without any clackiness, or sense of being 'cheap'. I'd liken it to one of the better synth action keyboards from Roland, such as the System 8. The poly aftertouch, whist being a tad heavy for my playing, was responsive (I didn't check for adjustability) and oh so seductive. Within a minute I had CS-80-type pads oozing from it, whilst lifting notes of the chord out of the pack with searing filter sweeps. Mmm...

This is going to be one those exceptions where I will buy it, even though it has an external PSU - that situation won't last long if my engineer can find room inside the case. ;)
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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby Stephen Bennett » Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:48 am

Thanks Elf.

While I do like the HS, I'm more interested in the keyboard and the ribbon. Give me that with a 73 note piano-ish action and I'd be there in a heartbeat.

It does sound nice in videos, but I think I could get those kinds of sounds in software—but I would need a poly AT keyboard to do them justice.

I think 2020 will be the year of the return of the PAT. I may get a HS in the interim ...

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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby BillB » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:07 pm

Stephen Bennett wrote:Thanks Elf.
I think 2020 will be the year of the return of the PAT. I may get a HS in the interim ...
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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby The Elf » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:49 pm

BillB wrote:
Stephen Bennett wrote:Thanks Elf.
I think 2020 will be the year of the return of the PAT. I may get a HS in the interim ...
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I'll be getting in touch with them shortly...
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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby Folderol » Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:02 pm

Just got back home and back on-grid.
Had an excellent time at Synthfest. I also got to have a brief play with Hydrasynth before the doors opened :bouncy:

I've got a lot of catching up to do - so may make even less sense than normal for a while :lol:

P.S. For anyone interested, yes I did get wet. Very, very wet!
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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby Folderol » Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:05 pm

My thanks too for the organisers. There were also very noticeably more visitors than last year, and more of them seemed to be chatting and asking questions.
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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby The Elf » Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:27 pm

Folderol wrote:My thanks too for the organisers. There were also very noticeably more visitors than last year, and more of them seemed to be chatting and asking questions.
Definitely more this year. When the doors were opened I was away sorting out some power supplies; when I came back into the main hall it was like walking into a packed-to-capacity theme park! Incredible! :crazy:
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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby Failed Muso » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:21 pm

I would just like to add my warm and hearty thanks to all those involved with this year's event, especially the many volunteers who helped me out massively across the weekend.

And to all those who did me the great honour of attending my seminar and for all the incredibly positive feedback that came after it. It was a real joy to be given that opportunity and I get the feeling there will be more opportunities like it in the near future. So a huge thanks to SOS for that!

As is always the case when working at these events, you don't get enough time to mooch and schmooze and, most importantly, play with the toys. This year was particularly busy for me, what with helping out my friends at IK Multimedia and doing the seminar. However, I did get to talk to some truly amazing people, and a few heroes of mine too.

I'm still buzzing three days later and am already planning for next year!
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Re: SUM PIX

Postby Eddy Deegan » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:51 pm

Folderol wrote:And the "special" one:
http://www.musically.me.uk/Photos/Synth ... 019_12.jpg

FTFY :D

Great pics Will, thank you for sharing. I did worry for a moment about that rare and expensive 100kg synth sitting on a light-looking table (though judging from the other things on them they are plenty strong enough) but then was distracted by:


... whereupon I thought "Monsieur, wiz zees picture of a Summit we haz not had delivered yet you are speiling us" ;)

PS: I'm still bowled over by how fantastic Yoshimi sounds... it's epic and I'm looking forward to finding out if it works on a Pi4 because at that point it's going into my permanent setup. Do let me know how it goes!
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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby Folderol » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:28 pm

I've been able to pick up one or two vids on youtube of this year's Synthfest, but it's been seriously hard work finding them :(

Does anyone have a list of some sort, of the known ones? One I saw was a walk through - which I actually found more interesting than some of the more focused ones. I know there were a number of people wandering around with cams, so would very much like to see what they captured.
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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby The Elf » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:17 pm

A search for 'Synthfest 2019' on YouTube will get you about all you're likely to find.
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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby Forum Admin » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:47 pm

It's very easy to find the SOS-shot videos from SynthFest - either go to our News pages, or click the VIDEOS button in the grey menu on the Home page to route you to our YouTube channel, where there is a SynthFest 2019 playlist. Here's the URL for convenience:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtZcTSildlegntY07PfieSOYWUQMgzOZ_

Google is your friend for other videos.

Jyoti Mishra shot a nice 16-minute video compilation which you'll find here: https://youtu.be/z7yBH0_dElI

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Re: SynthFest UK 2019

Postby Folderol » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:01 pm

Thanks - I guess I was looking in the wrong place (or wrong question!).
Should keep me entertained for a while :)
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